The area is thought by most to be the site of the "Birth of England" at the
Battle of Brunanburh in AD937, an English victory by the army of
Æthelstan, King of England, and his brother Edmund over the combined
armies of Olaf Guthfrithson, King of Dublin, Constantine II, King of
Alba, and Owain ap Dyfnwal, King of the Cumbrians. Though relatively
little known today, it was called "the greatest single battle in
Anglo-Saxon history before Hastings (note*)." Michael Livingston claimed that
Brunanburh marks "the moment when Englishness came of age." The
Brackenwood golf course was cited in 2004 as the most likely site for
the Battle of Brunanburh. Mention of the battle is made in dozens of
sources, in Old English, Latin, Irish, Welsh, Anglo-Norman and Middle
English, and there are many later accounts or responses to the battle. A
contemporary record of the battle is found in the Old English poem
Battle of Brunanburh, preserved in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
The Church of St. Andrew, on a
site occupied since Saxon times, dates from the 14th and 16th centuries.
The 3 ladies are Monica Pells, Edna & Doris Rowlands
Bromborough Mill and Mill Dam (Spital Dam) 1885
Junker 88 crashed
on Bromborough side of Mersey (click link for my WW2 page)
Not so long back I received an email
asking about an incident at the Bromborough Fuel tanks in 1941. Luckily
I was contacted by a gent called Paul Burks who provided me with the
following newspaper cuttings. Many thanks Paul.
I gather from the
articles that many locals were discussing the possibility of german
spies, sabotage and other such rumours. Apparently the accident was
literally just that, a tragic accident. But the coroner reported that
the cause was unknown.
The case was heard 'in camera' as per the
second article, but that would be normal given the circumstances.
* The Battle of Hastings, was actually the Battle of Pevensea, just down
the coast. Its seems Hastings 'claimed it'